Classes on Demand: Research Productivity & Social Tools Workshops

Classes on Demand is a program sponsored by the WSU Libraries that offers small groups of Washington State University Pullman students, staff or faculty the opportunity to request and schedule research or productivity/social tools workshops taught by WSU librarians. For example, if you decide that you would like to learn more about using online image editors so you can enhance your photographs and create cool images to post on your Facebook page, you'll just need to recruit a few others (classes have a minimum requirement of five people) and click the "Request a workshop" link below. You'll be contacted by an instructor to set up a mutually agreeable time for the class and work out any necessary details (sessions are typically scheduled from a half-hour overview to a 1.5-2 hour workshop). Then just show up and prepare to learn something useful!

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Locating Your Citation Counts

  • Learn the basic methods to finding citations to your research publications. Using Web of Science, Google Scholar and other tools, discover how many times your articles have been cited by other scholarly works. This class will also explore some of the issues surrounding citation counts including cross-disciplinary approaches to citation counts and following research through the years to see what’s related.

Intro to Scholarly Communication

  • Learn about issues surrounding the sharing of scholarly information (including academic discourse, open access, and open source), and how institutional repositories, such as WSU's Research Exchange, can help you share your research and increase your citation counts.

Intellectual Property Issues: Copyright

  • Read me my rights! Learn about the five “rights” of copyright, new ways to think about retaining copyright, and how Creative Commons licensing can help you use the work of others as well as let others know how they might use your work.

Intellectual Property Issues: Plagiarism

  • Plagiarism is a tough issue to grasp: what’s the difference between paraphrasing and quoting? What about all the citation styles? What kinds of things are considered intellectual property? These and many other issues will be addressed in this class, as well as an introduction as to how WSU handles its plagiarism cases. This is a great class to take and an important issue to know!

Welcome to Search It

  • With more than 140 million items at your fingertips, learning to navigate and narrow your search results is crucial! This class will explore all facets of how to use this powerful tool and dive into topics like social book marking, refining your searches and more…

Search It and Other Online Bookshelf Tools

  • Learn how to create book lists using a variety of sources including Search It (the platform that WSU’s Summit catalog uses!), and how to share your book lists and more using widgets and other social tools.

Beyond Google: Specialized Search Engines

  • The WSU Libraries subscribe to more than 100 different subject specific databases, some of which are not in Search It. Come explore these different options and learn to utilize these effective tools to locate resources you need for your papers and projects. Make sure to note your subject areas of interest in your request.

Using Google Scholar

  • Did you know that Google Scholar can be used to find peer-reviewed scholarly papers, e-books and more? It doesn’t contain everything the WSU Libraries have access to, but you can link through to the libraries to obtain certain resources. Come take a class to find out what all the annotations on the citations mean, how to link through to full-text and see the possibilities it can offer you!

Ebooks: WSU Electronic Books

  • Did you know that you can access books for research and reference from your desktop? Request this class and learn about NetLibrary, University of California Ebooks, Early English Books Online (EEBO), Google Books, as well as academic encyclopedias and dictionary collections.

Introduction to U.S. Government Demographic Resources

  • Not all demographic data for the U.S. is collected through the decennial census. Several federal agencies and numerous surveys collect information about the population. Discover data sources, formats, and how to find and search it in this demographic resources class.

Digital Federal Information—Accessing and Using It

  • The U.S. started moving government information into the digital realm in the 1990’s. Is it safely archived? Will it remain free and accessible? How can citizens find and use it? What about information from the past 200 years? “Digital Federal Information—Accessing and Using It” will discuss these questions and more about electronic access to information by and about the U.S. government.

Evaluating Information

  • Everyday we’re flooded with information and because of it a constant flow of decisions must be made as well.

    Evaluation techniques will be discussed in-depth in this class. It’s a must in this day and age!

Wikipedia Basics

  • While using Wikipedia in your academic work is a big no-no, it can provide a great starting point for those paper and project topics you aren’t very familiar with by providing a who, what, where, why and basic timeline. Wikipedia pages also often have great bibliographies and links to related items making it a nice source for the beginnings of the research process.

Academic Social Networking: Going Beyond Facebook

  • Facebook and MySpace aren’t the only social networking sites out there. Learn about online academic communities and how you can use them for networking and sharing your work.

Social Bookmarking: Saving, Organizing, and Sharing Good Websites

  • Have you ever needed a bookmark or favorite that you saved to a computer you can’t access? Learn how to save your favorite websites online, and discover new ones.

Intro to Academic Social Bookmarking and Collaborative Tools

  • Would you like to save links to scholarly articles and sites you find online? This class includes a brief overview of EndNote and Zotero, as well as the online academic social bookmarking services Connotea and CiteULike.

Organizing Your Research with EndNote

  • EndNote is a program that can help you automatically capture bibliographic information from articles and other resources, save and organize them, and cite them properly when you write a paper using Microsoft Word, among other capabilities.

Organizing Your Research with Zotero

  • Zotero is a free alternative to EndNote that allows you to automatically capture bibliographic information from articles and other resources, save and organize them, and cite them properly when you write a paper using Microsoft Word, among other capabilities.

Picture This: Intro to Working with Online and Desktop Image Editors

  • Learn how to use free online and desktop image editors to enhance photographs or other images for academic work or to post on your Facebook page.

Screencasting 101

  • Learn how you can create your own videos that capture what is on your computer screen and allow you to provide voice-overs.

Create your own Webpage: Intro to Basic HTML

  • This is a class for those who want to create their first Web page. Basic HTML instruction will be given. Learn how to link pages, insert graphics, and add color. Everyone will come away from this class with a simple Web page.

Power Point Basics

  • Learn how to make your PowerPoint presentations shine with more color, flash and sound. Basics of adding in effects including transitions, graphics and sound will be covered.

Keeping Up and Keeping Track

  • RSS, blogs, social bookmarking …if you've heard of any of these and wondered what they were about or how you could use them for your academic or personal work, come to this hands-on class! This session offers an overview of concepts and a chance to start using these Web resources to help you Keep Up and Keep Track.